12/21/05 — Still time to help: United Way needs just a little bit more help to meet its annual goal

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Still time to help: United Way needs just a little bit more help to meet its annual goal

There were a lot of people who volunteered their time this past Saturday to make sure that the more than 600 needy children who crowded the Dillard Middle School auditorium had something to enjoy under their tree this Christmas.

The Empty Stocking Fund’s annual Christmas party was full of laughter, smiles and love, as more than 40 volunteers made certain the special guests of honor had a holiday celebration they would never forget.

From entertainment to logistics, the day went smoothly, and many Christmas wishes came true because of the many caring volunteers who decided to give up part of their holiday.

Hours of work went into choosing the gifts, filling the stockings and making the boxes of clothes that were part of the community’s holiday gift to those who are less fortunate.

And then there was the hours of set up and clean up that went along with the fun.

There is no question that without the help of those who gave up their time Saturday, the event would not have been nearly so successful.

But there was another group of heroes, too, who did not have the pleasure of actually seeing the happiness their kindness brought the children.

The hundreds of Wayne County residents who donated to the fund that paid for the party cannot imagine just how much their donations did for the morale of some families who might otherwise have had a pretty grim Christmas.

More than a few parents stopped to say thank you to the volunteers Saturday, humbly suggesting that they might not otherwise have been able to give their children a Christmas.

Published in Editorials on December 21, 2005 10:36 AM